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Robert J. Fogelin

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199739998

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739998.001.0001

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Figurative Comparisons: The Traditional View

Figurative Comparisons: The Traditional View

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(p.27) 3 Figurative Comparisons: The Traditional View
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Figuratively Speaking
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Robert J. Fogelin (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739998.003.0003

This chapter offers a modern restatement of Aristotle's notion that there is no fundamental difference in the figurative force of metaphors and similes. This is commonly called the elliptical simile view of metaphors. This chapter replaces the notion of an elliptical simile with the wider notion of a figurative comparison. On this approach, both metaphors and similes are taken to be figurative comparisons. This squares with Aristotle's view that the difference between the two is trifling.

Keywords:   Aristotle, metaphor, simile, elliptical simile, figurative comparison

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